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Rolleston knocked off top spot as Breadsall spark early collapse

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 17, 2014

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ROLLESTON 3rds relinquished top spot in ENGMENTS DIVISION SIX SOUTH to Breadsall 2nds, who completed a fairly comfortable five-wicket win at Marchington.

After being put into bat, Rolleston slumped to a dire 29-5 with Liam Holmes (3-46) and Chris Howard (4-47).

The poor start ultimately cost Rolleston the match despite a fightback that saw them post a respectable 186.

Matt Belmore (37) stopped the initial rot alongside Nils Priestley (34) and the recovery continued with Sam Ford (44no) and skipper Jonathan Prescott (25).

But Rolleston knew they were short of runs and an opening stand between Breadsall's Dan Kelly (56) and Sam Buck (20) set up a comfortable reply. Luke Arnold (2-36) threatened most for the home side but Adam Smith (28no) secured the victory in the 45th over.

TRENTSIDE 2nds came off second best in a draw against Aston 2nds.

Freddie Shreeve (4-58) and veteran Kev Bailey (2-70) bowled well for the hosts but half-centuries from Asad Matloob (50) and Shakeel Aslam (74), plus a hefty contribution from Sohail Matloob (46), saw Aston to a formidable 244-9 at tea.

It proved a bridge too far for Trentside in reply but the hosts were solid enough and closed on 177-6.

Rich Seaborn (30) and Ross Hayward (36) added 60 for starters and then good knocks from Shreeve (27) and Hummy Sharif (27no) helped quell the threat posed by Asad Matloob (2-43) and Saddam Salim (3-48).

The match between Wootton and WALTON 2nds ended in an exciting tie with both sides locked on 180.

Wootton won the toss and batted.

All but the middle-order combination of Joe Johnson (66) and Will Tomkinson (20) struggled, although the tail provided a few crucial runs.

Star of the show for Walton was James Mason who returned a superb 6-53 alongside Brandon Walker-Insley's 3-65. Walton had 53 overs at their disposal in reply but Joe Clowes (4-30) left them in tatters.

Matt Williams (46) remained defiant, however, and his lead was followed by Gareth Pickering (29) and Jonathan Fryatt (23).

Just when it seemed that victory was going to be a formality up popped Will Heathcote (2-23) and Walton were all out with the scores level and 11 overs unused.

HARTSHORNE, who have a game in hand on leaders Etwall 2nds in BROOKSIDE PRESS DIVISION SEVEN SOUTH, moved to within 12 points of their rivals following a four-wicket win over Darley Abbey 2nds.

Only Josh Reed (37) for the home side had any answer to the bowling of Mohammed Nusrat (6-26) and Neil Mawbey (3-16) as they crashed to 108 all out.

Hartshorne were far from dominant in reply, and slipped to 36-3, but 25 from Dan Mawbey, and an unbeaten 16 from Neil Counter, eventually sealed victory in the 29th over.

HILTON 2nds lost ground on the front-runners after defeat to Brailsford 2nds, who easily overhauled Hilton's modest 173-8.

Duncan Bucklow (43) was the only Hilton batsman to make meaningful progress, although both Alex Bucklow (22) and Rob Matthews (21) batted well enough.

But Kevin Bould (2-11) and Alex Park (3-26) saw to it that their side had it comfortable after tea.

Matt Ratcliffe struck an early blow as Brailsford replied but Park (64no) and Chris Clarke (49) batted Hilton into surrender.

Park remained unmoved and was joined by George Hodson (30no) as Brailsford eased home by seven wickets in only 28.5 overs.

WINSHILL claimed a hard-fought win over Elvaston 3rds.

Rob Clark (42) alone excelled for Elvaston, who struggled after being asked to bat first, against the bowling of John Duggins (3-43) and Lewis Gadsby (5-10).

The final tally was 140, but Winshill also struggled before Richard Marcer's fine innings of 47 delivered success in the 46th.

Hassan Khan (121no) hit a superb unbeaten century for Mickleover 2nds against DRAYCOTT & HANBURY, but it was the latter who won at Knightsfield Road.

The Draycott bowlers toiled in the sun as Mickleover eased to 220-4 but Draycott, following an early run out, timed their run chase to perfection with seven balls to spare.

Tom Gardiner (77) and Paul Leppington (35) added 51 following Dan Cotterill's early demise but it was Gardiner and skipper Andy Bloor (69no) who won the day for Draycott with a stand of 139 for the third wicket.

TRENTSIDE 3rds slipped to a tenth defeat of the campaign at Ashbourne.

A Tom Jordan unbeaten 98 helped Ashbourne amass 248-7 declared.

Ed Spray claimed 3- 47 but he was one of many batting failures as Trentside collapsed to 52 all out in 17.4 overs.

Michael Metcalfe (20) and Charles Hewitt (10) made double figures.

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